Brochures for Schools
The Partnership* to Reduce Mercury in Schools.
Mercury and schools is a risky combination! A packet of nine new brochures has been developed to help school personnel identify mercury sources and reduce or remove the risk of a mercury spill. Mercury may be found in many different places throughout a school, and a spill can result in health risks and costly clean-up efforts. The materials were developed in cooperation with many partners interested in a healthy school environment and are intended to provide practical and cost-effective strategies. The brochures in this series are:
|Mercury and Schools: A Risky Combination||HTML||PDF(414KB, 2pg.)||-||Español (PDF 638KB, 2pg.)|
|Reducing Mercury in Schools: Superintendents, Principals, and School Boards||HMTL||PDF(422KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Reducing Mercury in Schools: Science Teachers||HTML||PDF(420KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Reducing Mercury in Schools: Buildings and Grounds Superintendents||HTML||PDF(414KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Reducing Mercury in Schools: Health and Safety Committees||HTML||PDF(422KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Reducing Mercury in Schools: School Nurses||HTML||PDF(417KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Facility-Wide Inventory of Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices||-||PDF(21KB, 4pg.)||XLS||-|
|Guidelines for Cleanup of Mercury Spills||HTML||PDF(360KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
|Disposal and Recycling Options for Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices||HTML||PDF(345KB, 2pg.)||-||-|
*Partnership members are:
- N.Y.S. Education Department
N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation
N.Y.S. Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
New York City Department of Education
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
Monroe County Department of Environmental Services
N.Y.S. Science Education Consortium
N.Y.S. Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds
N.Y.S. School Boards Association
N.Y.S. United Teachers
N.Y.S. Council of School Superintendents
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
N.Y.S. Parent-Teacher Association
Association of Educational Safety and Health Professionals
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services
Individual representatives of school professionals including a nurse, science teacher, school superintendent and superintendent of buildings and grounds from Scotia-Glenville School District, Brittonkill Central Schools and Lansingburgh School District
- Handling Broken Fluorescent Lamps Containing Mercury
- Understanding Mercury Exposure Levels Provides general information on mercury exposure and specific information on the health concerns from eating fish containing elevated levels of methylmercury along with guidance on ways to reduce these concerns while maintaining the nutritional benefits of eating fish.
- Watch out for Mercury - Get Help if it Spills (PDF, 360KB, 1pg.)
- Cleaning Up a Small Mercury Spill
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. Elementary Mercury Releases Attributed to Antiques --- New York, 2000-2006. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 56(23): 576-579.
- Welles, W.L. and J.K. Ehrlich. 2003. Mercury Spills in New York State, 1993-2001. The Emergency Management Times (Summer). New York State Emergency Management Office, Albany, New York. Available only electronically.